Middle Level SSAT Sample Question: Positive and Negative Numbers

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 8.24.51 PMHere’s a SSAT sample question to help you practice for the quantitative section of the Middle Level SSAT.

What Are Positive and Negative Numbers?

The whole numbers (0, 1, 2, 3…), together with their opposites (0, -1, -2, -3…), are called integers. The counting numbers (1, 2, 3…) are positive integers and are sometimes represented by the symbols +1, +2, +3… The numbers -1, -2, -3… are negative integers. The number 0 is neither positive nor negative. When two negative numbers are multiplied, the result is a positive integer.

SSAT Sample Question for Positive and Negative Numbers

An elevator is on the first floor. It goes up 8 floors, then down 5 floors, and then up 4 floors. What is the final position in terms of the first floor?

(A) 3rd floor

(B) 4th floor

(C) 5th floor

(D) 7th floor

(E) 8th floor


Answer Key

Time to check your answer!

(E) 8th floor 1 + 8 + (−5) + 4 = 8


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